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Yahya Barzanji | Associated Press | August 2, 2011

SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq (AP) — A car bomb outside a Christian church wounded 23 people on Tuesday morning, police said, as security forces found and disabled vehicles packed with explosives outside two other parishes in northern Iraq.

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The New York Times | Jeffrey Gettleman | August 1, 2011

The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory.

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AFP | July 31, 2011

 

Armed men shot and killed a Somali lawmaker in Mogadishu on Sunday, officials and witnesses said, in the latest violence to hit Somalia’s war-ravaged capital.

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Ravi Velloor | The Straight Times | Moby Media Group | July 3, 2011

IN Uruzgan, central Afghanistan, two days ago, men approached an eight-year-old girl and told her to take a bag to a nearby police contingent. As the child approached a police vehicle, militants standing at a safe distance detonated the bomb in the bag with a remote-controlled device.

The policemen survived, but the girl was blown to bits. Add one more to the Taliban’s latest strategy of using children and women for suicide attacks.

In the swathe of largely ungoverned territory across the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands and beyond, the Taliban are resorting to desperate tactics to catch the patrolling army and policemen off-guard, such as fitting children as young as six with explosive vests and sending them up to uniformed men standing at checkpoints or sitting in police vehicles. (more…)

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BBC News | July 2, 2011

At least 11 members of a family have been killed by a roadside bomb in the southern Afghan province of Zabul.

The family, including women and children, were thought to be refugees returning home from Pakistan.

They were driving their van through Shamulzayi district when the blast occurred. They are thought to have been heading for Ghazni province. (more…)

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World News | UPI.com | July 2, 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The deaths of 13 people when a van struck buried bombs Saturday brought the civilian toll from IEDs in Afghanistan to 30 in two days, officials said.

A spokesman for the government in Zabul province said four women and four children were among the casualties, the Los Angeles Times reported. A police official told CNN the dead were travelers on the way to Pakistan.

Both civilian and military casualties have risen recently as the Taliban’s use of improvised explosive devices has gone up, the Times said. In May, as the Taliban began their spring fighting, 368 civilians were killed, the United Nations said, the highest monthly toll in at least five years. (more…)

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Christian Science Monitor | Owais Tohid | June 22, 2011

A 9-year-old girl says she was kidnapped in Pakistan by Taliban with the intent of forcing her to be a suicide bomber. She escaped, but her experience raises concerns about the use of children by militants.

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